Monday, October 5, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday

Good morning, everyone! For the first time in ELEVEN DAYS, I woke up to sunshine and blue skies! After dealing with some after-effects of Hurricane Joaquin this weekend, I'm ready to get back outside (and sweep all of the leaves off my deck/stairs)

The weather in my neck of the woods: Sunny skies, at least up until the weekend!!!!

Things that make me happy:  Oh, the sunshine! Reading the Bible in the mornings when nobody else is awake, my husband, my daughter, my cats....

Looking around the house: I have some serious baking to do. Also, folding laundry.

On the to-do list: Laundry
                             The park
                             Organize bookshelf in bedroom
                             Mop floors

On the menu this week:
Monday: Ham, Potato, and Green Bean Bake
Tuesday: Beef Stew
Wednesday: Chicken Enchilada Bake
Thursday: Breakfast for Dinner
Friday: Chicken Casserole of some kind (Do you have any ideas for a chicken casserole?!)
Saturday: Pizza soup
Sunday: 3 Cheese Spaghetti Marinara

On my mind: My Mom and Dad, my kid brother, a few friends going through some issues, a big, big, big prayer request of mine.

New recipe I want to try soon: Actually, that ham bake today is new...(and I'm wingin' it!)

Craft Creations: Some silly stuff Ella and I saw a friend do...(post is a'coming)

Homemaking Tip: Freeze grape tomatoes (ya'll know I had enough of those this year to freeze and give away and freeze some more) and when you want sauce, drop them in boiling water...the skin comes right off. I made one pot spaghetti yesterday and used those for the sauce, it was sooo good!!!!

Favorite photo from the camera: 

Friday night, I was studying in bed, and Dave (aka Cave Dave) hopped up to study with me. Of course, he fell asleep within 10 minutes, but it's the thought that counts. :) Rescued animals give so much love, and Dave is just the sweetest most loving, wonderful cat. Aren't his eyes BEAUTIFUL?

Scriptures, Key Verses and Devotionals:

Have an amazing week everyone, and God Bless :)


  1. Your kitty looks a lot like mine!
    Pizza Soup sounds really good - I'll have to look up a recipe on Pinterest for that!
    Love the stillness of being awake before anyone else - especially when that time is spent in prayer.
    I was SO happy to wake up to sunshine this morning as well! Best medicine in the world!
    Have a great week and enjoy those sunny skies!

  2. My recipe came from "A Year of Slow Cooking". If you google "A year of slow cooking pizza soup" it will come up. Have an awesome week :)

  3. I had no idea about the grape tomatoes, what a great tip, thank you :)

    Your menu looks so good. Have a great week Joanna!!!

  4. Well, gosh, your life sounds like mine...deluge of rain (but not from a hurricane), lots of baking (as I scored over ripe bananas for 19 cents a pound and filled the freezer with chocolate chip banana breads), reading the bible after the husband is off to work and the kids are still snoozing in the AMs. I'm craving BEEF STEW with all these cold temps we are now getting...and I have a pic of my cat on my post! LOL

  5. Glad you are seeing some much needed sunshine.

    Oh my gosh, your kitty picture is wonderful. I swore it was my cat that passed last August at 20 years old. Their faces are identical.

  6. So happy you're finally getting some sunshine! I love your menu...and your tip about the tomatoes!
    I have a chicken casserole recipe on my blog if you go under the recipe tab. It's called "chickie chip" casserole and you might like it. ;)

    Love the kitty - and your inspiration too. Blessings on the rest of your week. I'll be back blogging next week! xoxo